Re: Oprah/James Frey [Hot Type, January 20].
First of all, one of the other people on the couch or by remote said, on the show, that they commended Frey for coming on the show, that a "PR person" would have told him to do nothing and wait for it to blow over. I would have told him to write the truth and then release it via e-mail to the media--but not to go on Oprah, since it was going to be a kangaroo court, which it was. He owes her nothing, she picked the book, it was her responsibility to check the integrity/veracity of it, since she was recommending it to her feeding-frenzy audience. I call her "Pope-rah"--who does she think she is? And when a friend, who is a fan, said that she has a lot of power, I said, "Yes, because people like you give it to her." James Frey and Nan Talese should have gotten up and walked off of the show, instead of looking so morose--and taking her crap. And of course it was all about her--the reason she was so ticked off was because she was getting questioned by the media--it had nothing to do with any of his lies. It's always about her.
A Chicago publicist